CHAMPION CHAMPAGNE ROOM IS HEAVY FAVORITE FOR REMINGTON PARK OAKS
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – The $200,000 Remington Park Oaks will serve as a comeback stage for Champagne Room, the Eclipse Award winning 2-year-old filly in 2016 after her victory in the Grade 1, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. The champ is the even-money morning-line favorite for Sunday’s Remington Park Oaks.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Champagne Room has managed to get acquainted with her surroundings and the track surface since arriving at Remington Park in midweek. Prior to leaving her southern California base, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow from the Bernstein mare Lucky To Be Me posted many solid workouts to ready for her return to action. She has had just one start in 2017, a third-place effort in the Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. in February.
The Remington Park Oaks will be just the second start for Champagne Room since pulling an upset at 33-1 odds to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last year. Trained by Peter Eurton, Champagne Room will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez.
Champagne Room will become just the second current champion to race at Remington Park. Answer Lively finished second in the 1999 Oklahoma Derby, the season following his Eclipse Award as Champion 2-year-old male after winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Ever So Clever is one of four rivals for Champagne Room in the Remington Park Oaks. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro won the Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. in April, prior to a 13th place effort in the Grade 1, Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on May 5.
Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Ever So Clever will be ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. in her first start since finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows in July.
Babybluesbdancing was second in the Iowa Oaks and then fourth in the Grade 3 Monmouth Park Oaks in August. She recently won the Rolling Meadow Stakes for Illinois-bred fillies at Arlington Park in Chicago. Trained by Terrel Gore, Ramon Vazquez will get the call on Sunday.
After running fourth in the Fantasy behind Ever So Clever in April, Torrent finished fourth in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore in May. Trained by Ron Moquett, Marlon St. Julien will ride in the Remington Park Oaks as Torrent comes off an extended layoff.
The field, by post position and program, with trainer, jockey and morning-line odds for the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks:
1. Champagne Room: Peter Eurton, Mario Gutierrez, 1-1 (morning-line favorite)
2. Babybluesbdancing: Terrel Gore, Ramon Vazquez, 5-2
3. Torrent: Ron Moquett, Marlon St. Julien, 9-2
4. Holiday’s Angel: Chris Hartman, Robby Albarado, 15-1
5. Ever So Clever: Steve Asmussen, Ricardo Santana, Jr., 7-2
The Remington Park Oaks is the eighth race on Sunday, with a scheduled post time of 6:19pm. The 12-race Oklahoma Derby Day card gets underway at 3pm. The other nine stakes races on Sunday at Remington Park, with their scheduled post times (all times Central) include:
Race 2, 3:27pm: $50,000 Flashy Lady Stakes, fillies & mares, 3 and older, 6 furlongs
Race 3, 3:53pm: $100,000 Remington Green Stakes, 3 and older, 1-1/8 miles (turf)
Race 5, 4:51pm: $75,000 Kip Deville Stakes, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs
Race 6, 5:21pm: $175,000 Governor’s Cup, 3 and older, 1-1/8 miles
Race 7, 5:50pm: $50,000 Bob Barry Memorial, Oklahoma-bred fillies & mares, 3 and older 7-1/2 furlongs (turf)
Race 9, 6:46pm: $75,000 Ricks Memorial, fillies & mares, 3 and older, 1-1/16 miles (turf)
Race 10, 7:16pm: $150,000 David M Vance Sprint, 3 and older, 6 furlongs
Race 11, 7:46pm: Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, 3-year-olds, 1-1/8 miles
Race 12, 8:16pm: $50,000 Red Earth Stakes, Oklahoma-breds, 3 and older, 7-1/2 furlongs (turf)
Sunday’s Primetime Pick 4 is an all-stakes affair and carries a guaranteed minimum wagering pool of $100,000. The Pick 4 runs in Races 9 thru 12, beginning at 6:46pm.
Remington Park Thoroughbred racing continues Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24. The first race Saturday is at 7pm with Sunday’s Oklahoma Derby Day program underway at 3pm.
Tracked by over 131,000 fans on Facebook and more than 9,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided over $175 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Home of the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 24, Remington Park is Oklahoma City’s only Racetrack & Casino, located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District. For more information, reservations and group bookings please call 405-424-1000, 866-456-9880 or visit remingtonpark.com.